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Obama by James and Jean Anton

Dear Obamaheads,

Would you have a problem if Obama changed political parties?  

Judging from his actions, it seems he would be much happier as a Republican, which is reason enough for you to encourage him to switch parties.   Best of all, he'd still be Obama -- your darling Obama -- and doesn't a rose by any other name smell just as sweet?

Understandably you detest and despise Republicans.  

But you should accept the fact that your man, your hero, does not feel the same way you do about it.   He has made no secret of this from his frequent praise of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum where he described the man most Democrats despise as: "to know him is to like him."   Most Americans feel the complete opposite way about George W. Bush; that is to say, the more we find out about him the less we like him.

One clear sign of his yearning for Republican approbation is how he reacts to the Republicans who hate him.   Some Republicans have refused to dine with him.   Some have boycotted his calls for a meeting.   Some have called him an out-and-out liar in public.   Some have refused to be seen shaking his hand or to be photographed at his side.   None of this deters him.  

He just continues to work for their approval.   For their friendship.

For example, he placed Social Security -- a program he knows Republicans all hate, which has absolutely nothing to do with deficit reduction, and that most Americans need -- on the chopping block before the bargaining for the so-called Grand Deal even began.  

But even this betrayal of one of the most important and successful social programs ever created by the Democrats failed to get him any truck with Republicans.

But to his credit, your hero is not a quitter.

Being a practical man, he decided to take the courtship of Republicans to still another level.   He would change how he speaks.  

He would learn Republican-Speak.  

Recently he got an ideal opportunity to practice Republican-Speak.  

At a press conference in the Rose Garden when he was asked about his Justice Department's secret recording and storing of conversations and phone numbers of Associated Press Reporters, without obtaining a warrant (which is unconstitutional), he said:   "I make no apologies."   

That was very Republican.   Republicans never apologize.   Look at the war in Iraq, the one that took hundreds of thousands of lives and ruined an entire civilization (as well as the American economy) in a vain and fruitless search for weapons of mass destruction.   Did the Republicans apologize?   No.   Bush said that he is proud of his decisions.

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More of James and Jean Anton's work can be found at http://www.jimandjeananton.com

James and Jean Anton were born and raised in New York City, and spent ten years living and working abroad in countries as diverse as Brazil, Italy and Iran. They have written and illustrated books for Scholastic Inc, McGraw Hill, Macmillan, and Sterling Publishers. They have authored and illustrated a weekly column called Dr. Crystal's Cosmic Kid Stuff for the Pennywhistle Press section of the Gannett News Service. In addition, they worked as editorial cartoonists, having received Best Editorial Cartoon awards from the New York Press Association (the Phoenix and Villager Newspapers in New York City). They are also playwrights. One of their plays, Freaks, was finalist in the Actors' Theater in Louiville's National Playwriting contest. They are presently working on a book of editorial/satiric art/commentary entitled: HEADLINES.

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Dear Obamaheads, Would you have a problem if O... by James and Jean Anton on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 7:51:38 PM
For people to be voting for parties and 'lesser of... by Tony Cina on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 7:44:54 AM
In all elections (Federal, State, Local) vote for ... by Xman2 on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:07:35 AM
Not all of US hold that conservative is a good phi... by Kellis R. Solomon on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:47:40 AM
Unfortunately you are right.  He has stripped... by James and Jean Anton on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:22:40 AM
Ron and Rand Paul's brand of Republicanism would t... by James and Jean Anton on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:25:19 AM
Parties in the twin party system are just factions... by George Flower on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 9:48:47 PM
I saw through him BEFORE the 2008 election, so it ... by 911TRUTH on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:41:14 AM
Obama isn't a republican, in spite of all the crap... by James Tennier on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:59:23 AM
We were dupped; time to admit it.... by James and Jean Anton on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:53:02 PM
A lot of kool aid drinkers out there. After seein... by Xman2 on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 1:47:39 PM
I saw through this phony 3 months into his first t... by liberalsrock on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:48:50 PM
We should try to primary any Democrat who is not p... by James and Jean Anton on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:54:10 PM
Breaking News: President Obama declares himself ... by Don Smith on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 2:52:02 PM
Yep, an Independent radical, Socialist, Marxist, C... by Xman2 on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 3:02:21 PM
Obama isn't independent, he isn't radical (reactio... by Kellis R. Solomon on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 1:28:47 AM
in tone, writing and pace.  Just wanted to ac... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 3:16:07 PM
God--or Goddess--bless the authors! 'Nuff said.... by Patrick Walker on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 3:49:59 PM
The powerful Corporations and Republican party wou... by David Vicks on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 6:02:57 PM
No one is above the law just like President Barack... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 7:12:38 PM
For a great article Jean and James. I have been th... by John Moffett on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 9:36:02 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, John; these times ar... by James and Jean Anton on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:55:01 AM
Democrats and Republicans agree just fine on anyth... by Matthew Peters on Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 4:13:53 PM